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On Monday, June 30, 2014, one of our most respected faculty members, Dr. James A. Rivers retired after 34 years of service to the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine. 

During his tenure as chairman, Dr. Rivers shaped the Department of Oral Rehabilitation into one of the most successful teaching programs in the country. He dedicated his life to the dental profession and made it better for all of us. Dr. Rivers played a tremendous role in shaping the lives and careers of those of us who are fortunate enough to count him as a friend, colleague, teacher and mentor.

Dr. Rivers is not only highly regarded for his expertise in our profession, he is also famous for dishing up some fantastic southern barbeque!   Thank you, Dr. Rivers, for all you have done for the College of Dental Medicine.  You will be missed!

The MUSC James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine welcomed the DMD Class of 2018 on June 2, 2014. The class is comprised of 75 impressive and diverse students, including a record number of women.

According to the JBECDM Office of Academic and Student Affairs, the percentage of women accepted into the program over the past several years has been on a steady incline.  A total of 45 females and 30 males were accepted into the program.

Together, their demographics portray a diverse representation of states nation-wide: Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and South Carolina.  A total of 48 In-State and 27 Out-of-State students were accepted out of an impressive applicant pool of 874 applicants.

Photo Credit: JBECDM Office of Academic and Student Affairs

The Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) selected Carlos F. Salinas, DMD as the 2013 recipient of the Outstanding NIDCR Career Research Award.

This prestigious award is presented to an individual in appreciation of their lifetime achievements in pioneering research leading to significant inroads in oral health.

Dr. SalinasThe award was presented to Dr. Salinas by Mary Fete, Director of Research of the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias at the Friends Annual Dinner on November 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.

The Friends of the National Institute of Dental ad Craniofacial Research, a non-profit organization, was established in 1998 on the 50th Anniversary of the Institute. The rids is a broad based coalition of individuals, institutions and corporations who understand the critical importance of dental, oral and craniofacial research to the health and well being of people in the U.S. and globally.

Dr. Salinas is Professor and Director in the Division of Craniofacial Genetics, Department Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, College of Dental Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Charleston, SC. He also serves as Director of the MUSC Craniofacial Anomalies and Cleft Palate Team and as Co-Director of the Clinical Research Core in the MUSC Center for Oral Health Research.

Dr. Salinas is a dentist graduated from the University of Chile. IN 1972, he was awarded an NIH-Fogarty International Fellowship in Medial Genetics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 1974, he joined the MUSC where he has developed most of his academic career including clinical service, research, teaching and outreach activities.

Dr. Salinas' areas of reach interest include the study of craniofacial anomalies, the ectodermal dysplasias, the relationship of oral dental diseases and system disorders, and special care denitrify. He has edited five books published over 100 scientific publications and has been guest editor in three journals. He has organized several national and international symposia in the area of birth defects affective craniofacial and oral-dental structures.

Dr. Salinas is a Board member of the Special Care Dentistry Association, a member of the American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association, American Society of Human Genetics, the Society of Craniofacial Genetics, and the South Carolina Oral Health Coalition. He has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, Fellow to the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and as a Distinguished Scholar of the National Academy of Practices, Academy of Dentistry.

Dr. Salinas has been recognized by the South Carolina Oral Health Coalition and the South Carolina Dental Association with an Annual Award that bears his name – The Dr. Carlos Salinas Award – for excellence in treating individuals with special health care needs. Recently, in September 2013, the same organizations honored him with lifetime leadership award.

Give Kids a Smile Day, held on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the JBECDM, helped 75 children in need and provided over $30,000 in treatment. Approximately 100 volunteer dentists, students, hygenists and staff participated.

Give Kids a Smile Day is designed to provide free and accesible dental care to local chidren in need. In addition, its goal is to raise awareness of the epidemic of untreated dental disease occurring locally and nationally and create local public and private partnerships to increase access to oral health care to solve this crisis.

The James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine has been hosting Give Kids A Smile events for 12 years in the community as a way to provide free dental care to local children who desperately need it.

The American Dental Association (ADA) began the Give Kids A Smile program in 2003 as a way for ADA members to join with others in the community to provide dental services to underserved children. Each year, approximately 450,000 children benefit from more than 1,500 events, all because of the efforts of 40,000 or more annual volunteers nationwide.

Give Kids a Smile Day 2014 at MUSC, lead by Dr. Katherine Renne, was another success. For those interested in getting involved or partnering with MUSC for future Give Kids a Smile days, contact the MUSC Pediatric Dentistry Clinic at 843-876-8815.

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The college is proud to announce the appointment of Martin B. Steed, D.D.S., as chairman of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and associate dean for Hospital Affairs (within the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine).

He joined our faculty on December 9, 2013.

“I have been impressed at every level with the quality of the students, residents, faculty, and staff whom I’ve gotten a chance to meet within the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine. This has made me beyond excited to play a significant part in advancing the goals of our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department to be a regional and national center of excellence in teaching, research, and patient care,” said Dr. Steed.

Dr. Steed graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in 1997 and then completed an oral medicine residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1997 to 1999. He completed his training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 2004 and was appointed to the full-time faculty at Emory as an asssistant professor that same year.

Steed was previously associate professor and the residency program director within the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine as well as chief of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service at Emory Midtown Hospital. His clinical and research interests include microsurgical repair of peripheral trigeminal nerve injuries, virtual surgical planning/ simulation, orthognathic and maxillofacial trauma surgery outcome measurements, and surgical curriculum development and assessment.

When not at the dental school or hospital, Dr. Steed enjoys golfing, fishing, playing ice hockey, and spending time with his wife Michelle and their two rescue puppies.

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